The Observer: Across a landscape scattered with snow, we drove along silent roads, past pitted fields, until the first gun tower came into view. A whole line of them followed the contours of the mountainside. What they're defending lies beneath, a warren of rooms and tunnels the size of eight football pitches. It's home to Iran's most sensitive nuclear facility, Natanz.
Reuters: Hardline Iranian politicians called on the government on Sunday to sever all diplomatic ties with Britain in a rapidly escalating row over the opening of a new airport serving Tehran. Britain and Canada issued warnings on Friday to travellers to avoid using the Imam Khomeini International Airport, which opened on Saturday, due to concerns the runway may be unsafe.
The Sunday Times: IRAN may resume work on its nuclear programme at Esfahan as early as next week, the countrys top nuclear negotiator was quoted as saying yesterday. Hassan Rohani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, reportedly said it was likely that unspecified nuclear activities related to uranium enrichment would begin again.
The Independent on Sunday: The news that Iranian companies could be interested in buying what's left of the collapsed MG Rover has raised plenty of eyebrows. That Iran, part of George Bush's "axis of evil", could be the final destination for the car maker shows how low it has sunk, was the typical response. MG Rover's plight is indeed desperate. But it should not come as such a surprise that Iranian companies could be interested in buying it.
Daily Telegraph: Control of Iraq's police force was handed to a Shia Arab party with historic links to Iran yesterday despite warnings by American intelligence that Iranian agents have infiltrated the group's paramilitary wing. The announcement that Baqir Soulagh, a member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), is to be interior minister risks alienating Iraq's Sunni Arab community whose support is needed if the insurgency is to be defeated.
AFP: Iran said on Saturday that it will not accept any foreign monitoring of its June 17 presidential elections, asserting that international observers were neither permitted nor required.
"Observing the elections is a red line that no foreigner should cross," said Gholam Hossien Elham, a spokesman for Iran's Guardians Council -- a hardline-controlled political watchdog.
AFP: Iran has complained to FIFA over sanctions imposed for a fatal crush after a match against Japan on March 26, accusing the Japanese -- its main rival in the World Cup qualifiers -- of being behind the decision. "We will object to this decision and we will try to cancel it," Iranian football federation spokesman Gholamhossein Zamanabadi told the official news agency IRNA.
Reuters: Britain and Canada advised travellers late on Friday not to use Iran's main new international airport because of concern over its safety, just hours before the airport was due to receive its first flights. "We are aware of reports that the runway at the new Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran may not yet be suitable for use," the British Foreign Office said of the airport, due to open on Saturday.
Bloomberg: Iran may resume its nuclear program in the coming week if the Islamic Republic fails to reach an agreement with the European Union on the suspension of uranium- enrichment activities, an Iranian official said. "Parts of the activities may be resumed in Isfahan next week" Hassan Rouhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme Security Council said today, the state-run Iranian News Agency reported.
Reuters: Iran threatened to resume sensitive atomic activities unless France, Britain and Germany agreed at a meeting on Friday to allow it to carry out small-scale uranium enrichment. The latest proposal from Tehran suggests it be allowed to build up its uranium enrichment programme in stages, beginning with a small "pilot" enrichment plant and ending with a commercial-scale complex.
Iran Focus: Washington, Apr. 29 United States President George W. Bush said during a press conference yesterday that Iran could no be trusted with enriching uranium as part of its nuclear program, after he was questioned on Russias decision to sell nuclear fuel for Iranian reactors. See, what they (Russia) recognize is that -- what America recognizes, and what Great Britain, France, and Germany recognize, is that we can't trust the Iranians when it comes to enriching uranium, ...
AFP: Iran's powerful former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani insisted Friday ahead of renewed talks with Europe that Tehran would pursue its atomic energy programme including uranium enrichment "at all costs". "Iran wants to possess all the branches of nuclear technology, including enrichment, and it will do so at all costs," he said at the weekly Muslim prayers in Tehran.
AFP: The United States has sought clarification from Germany on the reported shipment of a German crane for possible use in Iran's missile program, a senior State Department official said Thursday. "It's something we're following, something we're talking about," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We're in contact with the Germans abut it."
Iran Focus: Brussels, Apr. 29 The European Parliament adopted a resolution yesterday, calling on Iran to end its increasing human rights violations. The EP resolution said that it was very concerned that the human rights situation has deteriorated in the last two years and calls on the Iranian authorities to make a serious commitment to reversing this trend.
New York Times: A day before major negotiations were to resume in London over Iran's nuclear program, the foreign minister increased the pressure for a quick deal, warning that his country would resume uranium enrichment if there was no progress Friday in the discussions.
Reuters: The Russian nuclear fuel trader TVEL should start fuel shipments for a Moscow-built nuclear reactor in Iran six months before the unit becomes operational in early 2006, a senior company official said on Thursday. Russia is building a 1,000-megawatt nuclear plant in Iran despite strong opposition from the United States, which believes Iran could use Russian know-how to make nuclear weapons.
Reuters: A German crane on a ship to Iran is testing a U.S.-led global agreement to combat the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Three weeks after the ship left Hamburg and a day before it was due in Iran, it appeared unlikely that Germany or the U.S. navy could stop the crane being delivered to what Berlin has belatedly identified as a blacklisted Iranian company suspected of making ballistic missiles.